Booting up a Wi-fi dongle

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Wayne22

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I have a 5 year old windows 7 pc with an integral Ethernet controller on the motherboard. A Lightening strike took out router and the Ethernet hardware / chip. I bought and installed a usb Wi-fi dongle to connect to my replaced router as I had no wish to replace the motherboard

I am struggling with the following.

When I boot up, the Ethernet controller tries to load but fails, understandably. I plug in the Wi-fi dongle and the Wi-fi controller loads beautifully and all is well. However I can’t make it boot up with the dongle plugged in and automatically load the Wi-fi controller. After the normal boot up, I have to briefly physically withdraw the dongle and replace it for the pc to recognise it and then it’s fine. It works beautifully until I switch off and then next time I have to do it all again

Any clues on how I can make it automatically boot up with the Wi-fi dongle active, rather than having to pull it out and replace it each time

thanks in advance
 

phillpower2

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Sorry but even with the best will in the world we cannot help you when we know absolutely zero about your computer and wireless USB device.

Please provide information about your computer, is it a custom build or brand name such as Dell or HP, if a brand name, provide the model name or series number (not serial) if a custom build post the brand and model name or number for the motherboard and the wireless dongle.
 

georgeks

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Sorry for jumping in, but maybe you must manually add an entry in the Startup folder for the Wireless dongle.
See what service runs when you re-insert the dongle, and add it.

Right click on the Taskbar>Task Manager>Startup.

See what happens.
 

phillpower2

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No problem georgeks but there was a good reason why the requested information was asked for;

I have a 5 year old windows 7 pc

A Lightening strike took out router and the Ethernet hardware / chip.

When I boot up, the Ethernet controller tries to load but fails, understandably.

We need the MB info so that we can find out how to disable the LAN in the BIOS and we need to know the wireless dongle information to see if there are any Windows 7 drivers for it.
 

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Thread closed due to lack of any feedback from the OP.
 
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